Fairway Island Lighthouse

Fairway Island, entrance to Peril Strait, Alaska.

Faiway Island History

On March 23, 1904, the plans and specifications were completed for building the station by hired labor and purchase of material, and the materials were purchased and landed at the site, when the work of construction was begun. The grading for the foundations of the dwelling and the boathouse was finished, and much clearing was done to extend the visibility of the light up Peril Strait. It is expected that the station will be completed by October 1, 1904.

1905 — This station was completed and the light was shown on September 1. 1904. for the first time.

The station was not staffed for too many years. No record for a keeper has been found past 1912. A modern light marks the island today.

At Fairway Island

About Us

Lighthouses are a beacon. Properly used, they’re a beacon of hope to ward off impending danger, yet protecting from and warning of danger is exactly what they’re for.

The earliest lighthouses go back to biblical times, all with a mission to protect mariners. Navigating boats & ships safely means that aids to navigation had to be used to warn of the rocks & shoals, the sudden changes of seascape, and other hazards that prevented safe passage.

The lighthouses of Alaska, which you’ll find in this site, are testament to the challenges of marine navigation, life along the coast of Alaska, and the inherent dangers that can swell up and crush a concrete structure in moments, witness Scotch Gap. Yet for the many lives that have been lost, the lives saved because of these amazing aids to navigation can barely be quantified. We hope you enjoy our site.

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